This is a list of 25 best Android libraries released in January and February 2017. All of these are worth trying out — they are not in ranked order. Let’s get started!
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lottie-android – Render After Effects animations natively on Android and iOSgithub.com
This is a library for creating customized
Toasts. As the author described the lib, it is:
“The usual Toast, but with steroids.”
You can find screenshots and the link to the library below.
This is another library for
Toasts customization. It adds:
“variety of styling options that gives your app and user experience that little extra unique feeling! Style your toast either by code or in styles.xml!”
StyleableToast – A library that takes the standard Android toast to the next level with a variety of styling options…github.com
Store is a library for Async Data Loading and Caching. According to the documentation:
“Store is a class that simplifies fetching, parsing, storage, and retrieval of data in your application. A Store is similar to the Repository pattern while exposing a Reactive API built with RxJava that adheres to a unidirectional data flow.”
The documentation is really comprehensive and the lib is for sure worth trying. You can check many flows such as data requests, caching and parsing.
If you use Google Play Movies, you have probably noticed this great animated
SeekBar with a preview of the movie. It turned out that Rúben Sousaimplemented that as an open-source library. The gif below gives a good flavor of its functionalities. If your app is for instance a movie player, you should definitely try it!
PreviewSeekBar – A SeekBar suited for showing a preview of something. As seen in Google Play Movies.github.com
CoordinatorTabLayout is a custom composite control that quickly implements the combination of
You can check how it works on the gif below:
CoordinatorTabLayout – Combination of TabLayout and CoordinatorLayout./TabLayout和CoordinatorLayout相结合的折叠控件github.com
Boxing is a multimedia selector and by using it you can:
- do a selection of your images (single or multiple images)
- preview and crop images.
It also supports gifs, video selection, image compression and custom UI as shown in the screenshot below:
This is a two-dimensional
RecyclerView. It can not only load historical data, but also load future data.
excelPanel – An Android’s two-dimensional RecyclerView. Not only can load historical data, but also can load future…github.com
10. Horizontal Calendar
Another implementation for
RecyclerView is dedicated to show Material horizontal Calendar View.
HorizontalCalendar – A material horizontal calendar view for Android based on RecyclerViewgithub.com
CameraFragment is an implementation of a
Fragment which allows you to easily integrate a camera functionality to your app. According to its README:
“CameraFragment previews directly the camera view, and provides an easy API to capture or manage the device. You can setup your own layout and control the camera using CameraFragment.”
CameraFragment – A simple easy-to-integrate Camera Fragment for Androidgithub.com
This is another great implementation from Florent Champigny. It is new approach to a design of a top bar (which we know from
ActionBar/Toolbarimplementation), in conjunction with
DrawerLayout, inspired by Gmail Mobile from Weekz. You can check, how it works below:
This is an implementation of
NavigationView from Android Design Support Library which introduces curved edges.
ArcNavigationView – Another approach to create NavigationDrawer with Material conceptsgithub.com
It is a custom
RecyclerView implementation with shimmer views to indicate that views are loading. The
RecyclerView has also a built-in adapter, to control the shimmer appearance.
Contribute to ShimmerRecyclerView development by creating an account on GitHub.github.com
“A Google launcher-style implementation of switch (enable/disable) icon.”
This library extends
AppCompatImageView and allows you to set any icon (vector or image), to
Android-SwitchIcon – Google launcher-style implementation of switch (enable/disable) icongithub.com
CounterFab – A FloatingActionButton subclass that shows a counter badge on right top cornergithub.com
This library allows you to make a
TextView change its content automatically every few seconds.
FadingTextView – A textview that changes its content automatically every few secondsgithub.com
“Bridge is a simple but powerful HTTP networking library for Android. It features a Fluent chainable API, powered by Java/Android’s
URLConnectionclasses for maximum compatibility and speed.”
This library has a really comprehensive documentation and is definitely worth checking out.
bridge – A simple but powerful HTTP networking library for Android. It features a Fluent chainable API, powered by Java…github.com
“also makes (de)serialization painless.”
The documentation is also pretty good. You can check it out here:
I assume that majority of you knows greenrobot. If not, they developed GreenDAO and EventBus. Now, this is time for a new database for objects focused on performance. As greenrobot claims,
“Performance is the number one reason why we created ObjectBox. Previously, we created greenDAO, the fastest Object/Relational Mapper (ORM) for Android and SQLite. Since its first release in 2011, we gained a lot of insight into object persistence — and the performance limitations imposed by SQLite. We realized that in order to improve performance on mobile significantly, we needed to go to the core and build a database designed for objects.”
You can read more about it here. Please take into consideration that ObjectBox is currently in beta (version 0.9.7 ).
“allows child views flow to next row when there is not enough space.
The spacing between child views can be calculated by the FlowLayout so that the views are evenly placed.”
Please note that this is still in its early stages of development.
22. Unofficial Google Actions Java SDK
This is a polish accent from Mirek Stanek. Because of the fact that the official Google Actions SDK is written in Node.js, he introduced his unofficial version written natively in Java. According to the README:
“Google Actions Java SDK is built based on official Node.js library, but it’s not a mirror copy of it. The goal is to make it fully compatible with Conversational Protocol of Assistant Platform.”
Google-Actions-Java-SDK – Unofficial Google Actions Java SDK – for Android engineers and all Java loversgithub.com
“allows for quick and easy text input, whether that is from your voice, a keyboard, or canned responses. The missing API is now available!”
wearable-reply – Simplify text input for Android Wear 2.0, by voice, keyboard, or canned response.github.com
This is a library:
“generates app shortcuts for Activities and methods annotated with
@Shortcut. No need to touch the manifest, create XML files or use the shortcut manager. Just annotate the code that you want the shortcut to call.”
Currently, it’s at version 1.0.0.
shortbread – Android library that generates app shortcuts from Shortcut annotationsgithub.com
25. Material About
This library helps you to prepare an About Me screen to introduce you to your users.
That’s it. I hope you enjoyed my list. If you know any great library, which was released in January or February this year and I didn’t mention about it, please let me know in the comments.